Escape to pristine alpine Montana for an unparalleled winter experience. Ideal for couples, families and adventure seekers who desire stress-free, all-inclusive luxury tailored to their comforts and interests, The Ranch at Rock Creek offers over 20 included wintertime activities, such as ice skating, UTV tours and downhill skiing excursions at nearby Discovery Ski Area, along with fireside relaxation, inspiring dining experiences and the Granite Spa. Best of all, leave your bulky gear at home. Our all-inclusive rates provide equipment, gear and guides, as well as Ranch cuisine, premium wine, beer and spirits, and daily children’s activities among other amenities.
As the United States’ only charter member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World collection, our Montana winter vacation resort rivals the chalets of Lausanne, Chamonix and Turin as a winter getaway. Stay in the cozy Granite Lodge or make one of our Luxury Homes or Cabins your private ski chalet. Delight in Chef Drage’s dining experiences, like tasting menus, Dutch oven dinners and other hearty, healthy fare. Enjoy bonfire happy hours with mulled wine and hot cocoa.
There are few destinations that have all the best winter vacation ideas waiting outside your door. In addition to all-inclusive snow sports and downhill skiing excursions to Discovery Ski Area, just 35 minutes away, enjoy year-round activities, like shooting sports, horseback riding and bowling tournaments in the Silver Dollar Saloon. Off-Ranch excursions, like ice fishing on Georgetown Lake are available at minimal additional cost or as part of our winter special offers.
Downhill Skiing & Snowboarding
With a plethora of on-Ranch activities, there’s just one reason to leave our winter wonderland during your stay–a downhill skiing or snowboarding excursion at Discovery Ski Area, located just 35 minutes away.
The Ranch provides an unparalleled alpine ski experience for every skier, novice to expert. Excursions take place between December 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018. We provide personal equipment fittings, ground transportation, a Ranch Ski Concierge to coordinate on-mountain excursions, and a Chef’s picnic lunch with refreshments.
With virtually no lift lines, three faces and 67 trails, this hidden gem is reminiscent of the great ski resorts before they boomed into crowded cosmopolitan centers. When the boots come off, enjoy an après-ski at The Ranch or in Historic Philipsburg.
Cross-Country Skiing & Snowshoeing
Each winter, our extensive hiking trail system transforms into 20+ miles of cross-country ski and snowshoe trails through pine forests and meadows. Guests can also cross-country ski as a mode of transportation between the Granite Lodge and their accommodation.
Those who love to walk or hike can slip on a pair of lightweight snowshoes and explore the roads, extensive trail system and the grasslands of The Ranch. Take a GPS unit and complete a geocaching hunt to find hidden boxes and secret messages.
Fat Tire Biking
Float atop the snowy terrain on a fat tire bike. With the stable, 4.5 inch-wide tires, winter mountain biking is not only extra fun, but will also take you places most humans don’t venture to see in the cooler months. Enjoy an easy riverside ride along Rock Creek, cruise to and from your accommodation or strike out on six miles of groomed trails, specifically designed for fat bike riding. The Rod & Gun Club provides bikes to fit different sizes and support for guided or unguided adventures.
Ice Skating & Sledding
Just outside the Granite Lodge, our Bikini Beach converts into an ice skating and hockey pond, complete with a cocoa-stocked warming shed. Hitch a ride on the shuttle to Elk Ridge for some exhilarating sledding. Younger guests enjoy Cottontail Hill, with its slight, but exciting slope.
Book during Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year’s to take part in exclusive, early-winter Ranch holiday celebrations. In 2017, we added our Frost & Fire Winter Celebration, stretching between Valentine’s Day and President’s Day, to highlight the best Montana winter culture has to offer, including a Nordic Bonfire, sleigh rides, a barn dance, alpine skiing and a winter Brewfest in Historic Philipsburg. See Seasonal Celebrations for additional value.
Couples and families love the ambiance on our historic sleigh rides. Hitched horses pull the sleigh over snowy meadows, while riders sip hot cocoa.
Snowcat & UTV Tours
Climb aboard our vintage Snowcat machine to see the spectacular valley floor and beyond. This four-track snow glider fits a family or group on an afternoon adventure. Our guide packs a picnic and drinks, as well as snowshoes and cross-country skis to reach hidden peaks. You can also enjoy a ride in a Ranger Utility Task Vehicle (UTV) to visit three snowy mountain peaks. With a beverage of choice in hand, explore woods and meadows, along miles of trail and over 1,000 feet in elevation gain. This three-hour tour is an unmatched opportunity to discover breathtaking Montana views, incomparable nature and abundant wildlife.
Embrace the life of a frontiersman as you try one of Montana’s favorite winter pastimes, ice fishing. Available only in the depths of winter (when the ice is frozen solid), a hut on Mallard Pond allows you to “wade” into the experience of ice fishing for as long as you desire—from a half-hour of fishing to an afternoon of warm drinks and camaraderie. Get bundled up and test your cold-weather trout fishing skills in the midst of a stunning winter landscape.
If you want a more robust experience, try our off-Ranch excursion on Georgetown Lake, a high-mountain lake set against three scenic mountain ranges. You’ll enjoy fishing for Rainbow trout, Brook trout and Kokanee salmon from a warm hut fitted with chairs, a propane heater, blankets and warm beverages.
Crest hills and visit untouched valleys near Rock Creek on a powerful snowmobile. You’ll be fitted with helmets, goggles and insulated gear before you take control of a state-of-the art machine.